The Works of John Marston - Vol I
by John Marston (9781406776980)

The Works of John Marston - Vol I
 
John Marston
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9781406776980
ISBN-10: 140677698X



THE WORKS JOHN MARS TON. UGPRINTEJ FROM THE ORIGINAL EDITIONS. WITH NOTES, AND SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WKITING-S. sr J. O. HALLIWELL, F. R. S., F. S. A JN THEEE TO1TJJU. ES. VOL. I. LONDON JOHN EUSSELL SMITH SOHO SQUARE. 1856. PREFACE. few particulars have been recovered respect ing tlie life and personal character of JOHN MARSTON, whose dramatic and satirical writings are now for the first time collected together, it would be futile to attempt to promote them to the dignity of Biography. The circumstances known, or rather conjectured, respecting this author, for nearly all of which we are indebted to Antony a Wood, may be stated in a very few words. According to the Oxford biographer, John Marston, the dramatist, was a student in Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was admitted Bachelor of Arts on the twenty-third of February, 1592 but, adds Wood, in what county he was born I can not yet find, because, 1st, that he was not matricu lated 2nd, that he was not scholar of that house, or Fellow, in the admissions of both which, their counties of nativity are constantly registered. Even this statement, however, appears to be formed upon a mere conjecture originating in the identity of name, not upon the authority of trustworthy information for he previously mentions a John Marston, son of a father of both his names, of the u PREFACE. City of Coventry esquire, who became either a com moner or a gentleman-commoner of Brasen-nose College in 15 91 3 and in the beginning of February, 1593, he was admitted Bachelor of Arts, as the eldest son of an esquire Jonson, in the Poetaster, expressly alludes to the respecta bility of Mansions birth and soon after compleating that degree bydetermination, he went his way, and improved his learning in other faculties. This John Marston died in June, 1634, and was buried near his father, some time a Counsellor of the Middle Temple, in the Temple Church in London, et under the stone which hath written on it, Olllmoni Sacrum Dugdale mentions a John Marston, who was appointed Lecturer of the Middle Temple in 1592, and who was probably the father referred to by Wood. It is remarked by Wood, that the person last named cannot be the dramatist, because the latter died before the publication of the collective edition of his plays in 1633 an observation which clearly shows that he was speaking somewhat at random, for that Marston was living in that year is proved by the dedication prefixed to the work by William Sheares, in which he is spoken of as being now in his autumn and declining age, and as being far distant from this place, meaning, the place of publication. This objection removed, there can. be but little doubt that the John Marston who was buried in the Temple Church in 1634 was really the eminent dramatist. According to Oldys, Marston sprung probably from a family of that name settled in Affccot, in Shropshire and he married PREFACE. vii Mary, daughter of the Hev. William Wilkes, Chaplain to James I., and Hector of St. Martins, co. Wilts. Now Wood, in a notice of Wilkes, says that the latter e died at Barford St. Martin, in Wiltshire, of which he was rector, leaving a daughter named Mary, who was married to John Marston of the city of Coventry, gentleman which John, dying 25 June, 1634, was buried in the church belonging to the Temple in London, near to the body of John Marston his father, sometimes a Counsellor of theMiddle Temple. The John Marston in the first notice, and the son-in-law of the Kings Chaplain, are thus shown to be the same person. He is also the dramatic writer, unless another link in the chain of evidence be unnecessarily regarded as a curious but possible coincidence...

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